[the Parliament of Ladies]

Ordered by the LADYES in Parliament, That they de­clare that Prince Rupert, Lord Digby, Lord Capell, Lord Cottington, Dr. Williams, Mr. Walter, L. Hopton, L. Culpepper, Dr. Duppa, Sir R. Greenvill, L. Jermine, and Major Gen. Vrrey, Have all their Pardons granted to them by this COVRT


⟨may. 6th Printed Anne Dom. 1647.









AN Exact Diurnall Of the severall passages in the PARLIAMENT OF THE LADYES.
From Munday the first [...] till Munday the 8th.


COVNTESSES and other Ladies (on Munday morning early, in a Prosopopia) being met in Mary Maudlins Hall in Oxford, they first made choyce of their Speaker; and it was agreed by all, that the Lady Oboney should have the Chaire, The Lady Rivers was made Chansellor Nurse Windham High Con­stable, The Countesse of Derby High Treasurer, and the Countesse of Essex High Chamberlin.

The Ladies having all taken their places, Mrs. Powell was appoin­ted Cheefe Clerk to the House, and Mrs. Peele Chaire Lady to the Close Committee, And Moll-Cut-purse was made Serjeant at Armes

[Page 4] The first day was wholly taken up in speeches by the Countesse of Derby, Nurse Windham, the Lady Rivers, and others, for redresse of greivances, and Execution of Justice against some by them charged.

The Countesse of Derby hir. SPEECH.

Lady Speaker,

COnsidering that I owe to the benevolent aspects of the Ladies, both my heart, and all respects which may be due unto so high a Court, whose power swayes more by love and Armes, then Law. In regard that I was made (by this Assembly) Lady High Treasurer: I con­ceive my selfe obliged to move for redresse of some abuses against our Prelate, by some, whose Cowardly and perfidious behaviour, lost [...] designes.

The Lady Rivers hir SPEECH.

Lady Speaker,

THis Honourable Lady Speakes sensibly, knowing hir deare Lord to be hereby sorced to remaine in Exile, to pluck Geese, Ducks, Dotterills, and Widgeons, to retaine their Plumes, we may all of us speake feelingly to this businesse, my motion is that Prince Rupert, and the rest that have beene the cause of it, may be sent for to come before us.

Nurse Windhams SPEECH.

Lady Speaker,

THese noble Ladyes have moved well: That which I shallde sire is, That all such who have beene either treacherous to our designes, or base and cowardly, may be sent for, and brought to the Barias De­linquents, and here examined before the whole House.

The Lady Ohoneys SPEECH.

Grave Ladyes,

I Am amazed at the thoughts of some base spirits, who have betrayed us; But by my consent; let them be sent for; That both they and all others may know, what it is to trespasse on our leuity.

After a long debate about this weighty businesse it was Ordered by the Ladyes, that the said businesse be taken into serious considera­tion the next day.


THe Ladyes being againe met, debated the businesse, moved the day before. And Ordered to send for these Delinquents following, to be brought before them either alive or dead.

A List of the Delinquents sent for Prisoners to the Ladyes.
  • [Page 5]Prince Rupert.
  • Lord George Digby.
  • Lord Capell.
  • Lord Cottington.
  • Doctor Williams
  • Arch-Bishop of Yorke,
  • Master Walter.
  • Lord Hopton.
  • Lord Culpepper.
  • Doctor Duppa the
  • Princes Chaplin.
  • Sir Rich. Greenvill.
  • Lord Hen. Germin.
  • Major Gen. Vrry.

The warrant being delivered to the Sarjant at Armes, Mrs. Mary musters up her witty Merinidons, sends for and attacheth the De­linquents, whom she keepes prisoners, fast in Irons, least they or any of them should make escape.


THe Ladyes being sate, Moll-Cutpurse advertised them, that the prisoners were all apprehended. Then were they called to the barr. The Lady Speaker sitting in the Cheare, and next to her, on the right hand the Lady Chansellor, and the Treasurer, and on the left hand, the Lady High Cunstable, and the Lady Chamberlin, and the rest of the Ladyes in order, on the one side of the Hall. And on the other, before whom the tr [...]mbling prisoners were brought to the Barr, and the charge brought in by the Close Committee.

1 Prince Rupert was called in, and falling on his knees, heard his charge read against him, that he hath been the cheife cause of their designes miscarying by his plundering at Edge-Hill, his wilfulnesse at Marston-moore, and his cowardlinesse at Boistoll. To all which he plea­ded not guilty noble Amozons.

2. Then the Lord George Digby was called to the Barr, and char­ged for a Machivilian, when he was Secretary: A coward when he was Generall, and an Asse when he went Irish Empassadour; To which his Lordship pleaded not guilty my Ladyes.

3 The Lord Capell was charged for a Plunderer, a Robearier, and a Cow [...]ealer, and by that meanes their cause was disparadged, and made odious, as if the Armies intended to make a pray of the people. To all which his Lordship pleaded not guilty, and if it please your La­dyships.

4 The old L. Cottington, (though uery loath to kneele) was for­sed to submit and here his charge. That he had not onely often vext the Ladyes at Court by crossing their motions, but had put them in­to many terrible, frights, during the Leagure at Oxford, and at last betrayd them co save his owne head, which was never half so good [Page 6]as Prince Griffins, or the Calves head, at the Beggers feast. His Lord­ship said he was an innocent Lord, and prayed them to pitty his age, and he would never trouble them.

5 Doctor Williams, late Arch-Bishop of Yorke, was charged (by a complaint made by the welch Ladyes against him) that he made his cosen Taffy to leape ditches and Ramplers up and downe, and on both sides, in England and in Wales: and at last to leape quite away from hir. His Lordship would not endure the charge.

6 Mr. Walter was brought to the Barr and charged to be a great disgracer of their sex, and that he laid open his wives Inconstancy, so much to the worlds vew, that it extended to the disparidgment of some members of their Assembly, and that for the same he was charg­ed to be a grand insendiary. To which charge he pleaded he was not guilty of any misdemeanor.

7 The Lord Hopton was charged, for that when he was Cheife pro­tector of their Ladyships hopes to get up an Army again to hold up their Spirits, that his Lordship did in a base manner, first fly before Sir Thomas Fairfax in the West, and at last (without fighting) surren­der all their Horses, and Armes. To which he pleaded not guilty, my Honoured Ladies.

8 The Lord Culpepper was charged for a close Juncto man, and that he was a fomenter of divisions, betweene the Ladies and their Husbands; And that he had Traiterously intised Prince Charles to go into Sicilie, and so into France. To which he pleaded not guilty of offence therein.

9 Doctor Duppa is charged for hiding himselfe when the Prince was in most need of him; and that he was a false Prophet telling the Ladies of great victories, when they had the greatest losses; To which he pleaded nulla Errata.

10 Sir Richard Greenvill was charged for Tyrannicall usadge to the Countrie, and that by killing and hanging divers only for re­venge and pride, he lost the hearts of a great party which otherwise would have held up Episcopacie, and Common prayer, May poles, & Morrice-dancing; Wakes, and Love-meetings, which now are laid a­side. Sir Richard answered. That he was the Ladies humble Servant, though they should hang him every day.

11. The Lord Harry Iermin, was Charged by the Ladies, that his Lordship was made all of Complements towards them, not sparing them one drop of help along time, onely had kept himself in quarters [Page 7]and a farr off, leaving the rest, to fight for, or loose the English Ladyes Liberties, himselfe taking care only to save his own skin whole To which his Lordship pleaded. Spare mee, most lovely Gallants, I am cleare of harming you.

12. Major Generall Vrrey was brought to the Barr, his charge was for Inconstancy. the most hatefull thing to the Ladyes, that he de­served death; least the world should be troubled with children of his getting to be like the Father To his charge he pleaded, not guilty.

The witnesses were ordered to be summoned against the next day, and then the whole matter of fact to be examined and debated.


THe Prisoners being againe brought before the Ladyes and witnesse examined, The Ladyes upon result of the whole voted them all guilty, and that the next day Iudgement should be denounced against every one of them, according to their several offences.


THe Ladyes delivered Iudgement ag [...]inst the severall Prisoners, as followeth.

  • 1. Prince Rupert was Sentenced to be fast bound to a Post amongst Porcupins, and so to remaine untill he be stuck to death with their quills.
  • 2. The Lord Georg Digby was condemned to be put into a Den a­mongst all manner of Vipers, and there to live (all the dayes of his life, on such Treacle as he shall make of them. and have no other food.
  • 3 The Lord Capell was adjudged, to be stripped stark-naked, (put into the valley of Hubla) to keepe wasps and hornets from the hives of the laborious Bees▪
  • 4 The Lord Cottingtons Sentence was to ride perpetuall Post, be­tween Spain and England, upon old decrepit, stumbling Jades; and crosse the Seas in old wether-beaten French Pickero ones, to and fro, all the dayes of his life.
  • 5 The Arch Bishop of York was Condemned to Exile in the lake of Lerna, and there to be confined to a Welch Cottage, And get his living by Angling for Frogs out of those ditches.
  • 6. Master Walter was adjudged to be banished the Company of all women, and carried to a strange land, to gett his living by teaching Apes, to sing the Note of the English Cuckoe.
  • [Page 8] 7. The Lord Hoptons penalty was denounced against him, that his Lordship should serve the Cloaca's at the house of Office, all the dayes of his life.
  • 8. The Lord Culpepper was adjudged to be Exiled a Bondslave for seven yeares into a Stigion Galloy, to record the Ghosts that passe o­ver the Lake, and to be fed with browne Bread Crusts, and foure fil­lips on the Nose every bit he eats.
  • 9. Doctor Duppaners senteneed by the Ladyes to serve the Scou­ring Woemen at Court, and be fed with the Cookes papers, taken from under the Kings Pies, Pasties, and Tartes.
  • 10. Sir Richard Greenvills doome was, to be put into a Cave in the Isle of Wight, without any light but the glittering of Glo-wormes and Rotten Wood, and there to fight with Ratts, Mise, and Weaseils. And live upon the prey of those undermining vermin.
  • 11. The Lord Henry Germin, his Judgement is to be confined to the Land of Pigmyes, to help the Inhabitants to discover the suttle plots of the Cranes, and Herons; and assert them against such like feirce Birds that would eat them up.
  • 12. Major Generall Vrry his penaltyes to be tyed to a very high Weathercock on the top of a Steeple, and feed only on Flyes and Spy­ders.

The Lady Speaker having thus in the name of the whole House de­nounced Sentence against the Prisoners. The Lord Digby (in most sub­missive manner) prayes for mitigation of his sentences: And so doth the Lord Iermin, and all the rest of the condemned Prisoners, whose brinish teares made the Ladies hearts to relent, And Ordered to consider how to shew them mercy on the morrow.


THe Ladyes being againe solisited in behalfe of the Prisoners con­demned, to lessen those bitter sentenses denounced against them, debated the businesse; and at last Ordered that a generall Reprive should be granted to them all which was done accordingly, to the great joy of all the Prisoners, and their friends.


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